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More than 200 people protested in the rain outside Idaho’s statehouse Thursday. They want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses. 

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Imagine for a moment you're a busy supermarket clerk, ringing up hundreds of dollars of sales per hour. A young man hands you his ID, you make a quick glance and accidently transpose two digits in the birthday. The next thing you know you're under arrest for selling alcohol to a minor. Several former grocery store clerks told lawmakers that happened to them. 

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The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks – mostly for businesses. Governor Jay Inslee supports the largest of those tax incentives. But overall the Senate package unveiled Monday runs counter to the Democratic governor’s push to eliminate several tax exemptions to pay for education.

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The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of “emotional harm” against a student. State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law. 

Marijuana businesses in Washington may soon be able to open a bank account. 

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

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This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides. An Oregon legislative panel is set to amend a measure Tuesday that would instead create a task force to study the possibility of future restrictions.

Washington’s 60-day legislative session is approaching the halfway mark, but divergent agendas are likely to result in a lot of proposals dying when they cross the Rotunda to the other chamber.

Oregon lawmakers get back to work Monday after a snow day Friday threw a wrench in the schedule. The short week turned up the pressure on an already brief session.

Oregon lawmakers will take a rare snow day Friday. The wintry forecast prompted legislative leaders to cancel all hearings and floor sessions for the day.

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